"Top notes like a golden bell."
- The New York Times
"A luminous voice clearly
heard above all the others"
"Sinuous stage presence"
- San Francisco Chronicle
"Artless sweetness of tone"
- The New York Times
"As good as it gets"
- Charleston Courier
Greta Feeney (DMA, b. 1975) is an American singer, scholar, stage director, choral conductor, educator and writer who has received critical acclaim for her uniquely beautiful vocal timbre and impeccable musicianship in soprano and coloratura mezzo-soprano repertoire of the late 17th and early 18th century, and for her numerous world premieres, including the creation of the role of Marguerite in Earthrise by Lewis Spratlan (2000 Pulitzer Prize) at the San Francisco Opera Center, and, as a Schwabacher Debut Recitalist featuring Bruce Rockwell's Pashtun Songs, set to anonymous poetry by women of the Pashtun tribe, and David Daniel Feinsmith's Miriam, a new-music setting of old-testament prophesy by Moses' and Aaron's rebellious sister.
A skilled and committed educator and mentor to aspiring artists of all ages, Ms. Feeney has served on the faculties of Bergen College and The University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the Greater Boston Area, where she founded Singing With Parkinson's and the Honors Girls' Chorus at the Concord Conservatory of Music, and the Open Voices Youth Chorus, a vocal ensemble promoting environmental activism at Nantucket Music Center, where, as Executive Director, she also launched the organization's first diversity initiative in 2017, collaborating with the Boston-based Sons of Serendip (America's Got Talent) as NMC Artist-ambassadors in Residence.
Ms. Feeney's current projects include a full-scale solo piano-vocal concert celebrating the work of 20th century singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell (to be premiered in August, 2021), lecture-meditations on viriditas (noble greenness, green viridity, life-giving green) in the 11th century compositions of St. Hildegard of Bingen (online and in-person in 2021), and writing and physical research on the cultural phenomenon of the 18th century Italian male castrato soprano as part of her first large-scale fiction project- a novel about one soul's redemption through love and music over several lifetimes.
A former Adler Fellow, Ms. Feeney performed with the San Francisco Opera in more than 20 productions. She holds a doctoral degree from SUNY Stonybrook, where her research centered on the influence of Marian cults in the operas and oratorios of Giuseppi Verdi. Ms. Feeney also studied opera at The Juilliard School, and made her international concert debut at the age of 21 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the roles of Eva and Gabriel in Haydn's Creation.